Business Engagement, Careers and Employability

Working with Business for Growth

The University of Suffolk is a business embracing organisation committed to working with you to help your business grow through innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange.  You can access the best in graduate talent and academic expertise here to accelerate your growth and development.

We want to work with you to ensure the University works for business and employers, continuing to have a demonstrable economic impact on our locality and further afield whilst learning from you and bringing you into our community.

We can provide access to students, graduates, apprentices, state of the art facilities, Innovation Labs at University of Suffolk, meeting room hire, business networks, funding opportunities, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, CPD and short courses, events and enterprise skills development, consultancy and collaborative research to name but some of the opportunities available when you choose to work with University of Suffolk.

There are no barriers to working with University of Suffolk to grow your business regardless of whether you are an SME or a larger organisation. In fact there is more funding and drivers than ever before for business to engage with higher education, realising the targets of the Industrial Strategy, and making an impact on the productivity and economic success story of a region.  The team at University of Suffolk understand the needs and timescales of businesses wishing to compete in an ever competitive environment. Being a young University is an enabler here as we are able to move fast to help meet the needs of our business community. 

To contact the team or sign up to our quarterly newsletter, visit our 'get in touch' page

Funded or Free programmes

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Explore how you or your business could benefit from our range of activities such as innovation vouchers and internships. 

Venue Hire and Facilities

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Fully AV equipped meeting and seminar rooms, live-stream and recording capability, informal mind-mapping room plus digital equipment available. 

CPD and Short Courses

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The University of Suffolk is one of the providers of choice for the delivery of CPD and short courses in the region, including ILM 3 and 5 and bespoke courses. 

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

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Working with many local employers for a range of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Our Alumni Community

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The Alumni Relations and Development Team continue to support and engage with our graduates long after they have completed their studies with us

Careers, Enterprise & Employability Service

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The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service provides students with the information, advice and guidance they need before, during and after graduating.

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Innovation Labs

Innovation Labs at University of Suffolk is the our focal point for developing new entrepreneurs and innovative Start Ups. As well as hot-desk space, we have meeting, seminar rooms and digital equipment available available to members and non-members. And as part of the wider Innovation Labs group, we offer wraparound support to members. 

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Games hub

The Games Hub is based within the Atrium building for computer games design students to develop ideas, access competitions, programmes and events.

Case studies and Success Stories

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Read about how the University has worked with, supported, incubated or provided skills and talent to help grow and develop businesses. 

Centre for Female Entrepreneurship

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The centre aims to provide a leadership role and knowledge base for the support and promotion of female entrepreneurship and innovation within business.  

Data protection and Privacy Notice

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Please read our privacy notice, which outlines how we collect and use your information.

Business Engagement, Careers and Employability

Meet the team

Gurpreet is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Suffolk, with responsibility for Suffolk Business School, driving business engagement across the institution and region and leading the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship. Gurpreet has...

Emma is responsible for the strategic direction of the Business Development and Knowledge Exchange (BDKE) team. The BDKE team is responsible for developing external, commercial relationships and building partnerships between organisations and academics. This engagement activity will...

Amy joined the University of Suffolk in August 2021 as Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise, and is responsible for the leadership and strategic oversight of the team, whilst also being heavily involved in wider University work and activity in this area. Amy is a Registered...

Alice joined the University of Suffolk in January 2022 as Development Director, overseeing the University’s alumni relations, fundraising and development activity. Her background is in arts and charity fundraising and income generation, development and operations management. She h...

Kate is the Alumni Relations and Development Manager within the Business Engagement, Careers and Employability Directorate.  She works alongside the Development Director leading on all Alumni Relations activity and supporting the development of fundraising activity across the ins...

Yvonne has extensive experience in education and training leading to a sustained record of success in further education and apprenticeships. Yvonne led a retail and commercial enterprise apprenticeship department to achieve outstanding for 'employer responsiveness' during a 2010 Ofs...

Working closely with both the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Institute for Social Justice and Crime, India is responsible for identifying and driving knowledge exchange activities, and developing lasting partnerships between the University and local organisations....

Mike is building engagement between the local business community and the Leadership Academy within Suffolk Business School to fill a local gap in leadership and management skills. Mike was born in Yorkshire but spent most of his childhood in Oxfordshire. He spent 13 years in the Roy...

Working closely with the School of Health and Sports Science, and the Integrated Care Academy, Hannah will be building on our existing strong partnerships to develop a portfolio of training and research to respond to key health and wellbeing challenges. ...

Working closely with the EAST school, Beth is responsible for prospecting new clients, growing existing partnerships and driving income generation from increased business engagement activities. Beth’s career has spanned the Creative Industries and Higher Education. With a long car...

Kenny has been brokering connections between academia and business for over 20 years. He particularly enjoys using his expertise to  transfer knowledge and underlying skills to create new innovative products and services for economic growth. Kenny believes a key part of every succe...

Cathy Johnson supports the work of the Business Engagement team including internal and external communications as well as ensuring all the administrative requirements of knowledge exchange activities are met. ...

Debra joined the University of Suffolk in November 2018 as Higher & Degree Apprenticeship Champion for the neaco project. In July 2019, Debra moved across to the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship Directorate, taking up the role of Business Development Manager (CPD) wh...

Sarah has enjoyed a career in accounting and finance for over 20 years.  Sarah has extensive experience in project financial management and planning, with a focus on compliance.  From 2014-2020 Sarah was Head of Finance at Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading conservatio...

As a careers adviser Annabelle explores with students the opportunities that are available and works with them to increase their career management skills, employability and job searching skills through a range of activities. This includes increasing their effectiveness through thei...

Heidi is the Games Hub manager, within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team at Innovation Labs at University of Suffolk. Heidi works with the 3rd year computer games design and programming students to deliver business and entrepreneurial skills as well as running the Tr...

Sonia is the Careers and Employability Adviser working closely with the Suffolk Business School and the School of Engineering, Arts, Science, and Technology offering curriculum-based sessions, workshops, and 1-2-1 career coaching appointments.  ...

Jon provides dedicated compliance support for apprenticeship funded programmes as part of the Apprenticeship Hub and will be developing internal audit practices to embed quality at the core of the delivery for Work Based Learning provision. ...

Hayden Jarrett supports the work of the Business Engagement, Careers and Employability teams including internal and external communications. He is responsible for the administrative duties of the team and develops projects to support students with their career prospects. As an Educa...

Anna has worked with Apprentices for 4 years, both as an Employer and in Higher Education. After completing her own successful Apprenticeship, Anna found a passion for supporting Apprentices to reach their full potential, applying many years of experience as a trainer to her role in...

Anna joined the University of Suffolk as a Careers and Employability Adviser in 2019. She supports students in all stages of their career planning, decision making and employability development, offering one-to-one advice and guidance as well as group workshops. This includes suppor...

Rachel has worked in education for over 10 years now. After obtaining an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration, she transitioned into a permanent position supporting students, parents/guardians, academics and business support staff within the Further Education Secto...

Andy has spent most of his career working in the Insurance and Technology sectors, most recently as the Claims Director for a UK accident management company.  He previously worked for a top-tier UK Insurer, predominantly in claims management and organisational change as well as a s...

Bozena (also referred to as Anna) joined the University of Suffolk in Winter 2021 as an Apprenticeship Practice Educator for Health within the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team at IWIC. She is a former University of Suffolk student who graduated with  BA (Hons) English...

Vivian Luan supports the operation of the Innovation Lab University of Suffolk with a focus on the administrative requirements of running the centre as well as all knowledge exchange activities.   ...

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